THE NEXT 12 months will be very important for the PCS civil service workers’ union. The government is planning to push through 104,000 job cuts in the civil service and attack workers’ pensions.
The PCS national executive is set to meet in two weeks time.
At the last meeting it agreed that if there has been no progress in talks with the government the union should reballot for further action.
There has been no progress since November’s one-day strike, so we should reballot.
In addition, wherever immediate compulsory redundancies are announced there should be immediate strike action, coordinated as part of the national campaign.
The union should also be calling more demonstrations in ministers’ constituencies, just like the one in Gordon Brown’s in Dunfermline before Christmas.
PCS is launching a coalition this month of all those people who use the vital public services that civil service workers provide.
That can be a springboard for activists in other unions to push for solidarity.